Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Directed By: Cèline Sciamma
I want to say right off the bat it took me about 30 minutes to get into this one. It’s beautiful throughout but there’s especially a dreaminess about the beginning and not much dialogue.
I suppose like a lot of relationships it really picks up when everyone starts talking to each other.
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By Mary Ann Bernal
From the sweeping hills of Argences to the port city of Cologne overlooking the River Rhine, Etienne and Avielle find themselves drawn by the need for redemption against the backdrop of the First Crusade.
Heeding the call of His Holiness, Urban II, to free the Holy Land from the infidel, Etienne follows Duke Robert of Normandy across the treacherous miles, braving sweltering heat and snow-covered mountain passes while en route to the Byzantine Empire.
Moved by Peter of Amiens’ charismatic rhetoric in the streets of the Holy Roman Empire, Avielle joins the humble army of pilgrims. Upon arrival in Mentz, the peasant Crusaders do the unthinkable, destroying the Jewish Community. Consumed with guilt, Avielle is determined to die fighting for Christ, assuring her place in Heaven.
Etienne and Avielle cross paths in Constantinople, where they commiserate over past misdeeds. A spark becomes a flame…
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What does a musician do when the virus has caused the market to be as good as dead? In my case it’s about thinking of other ways of using my music in a way that has a purpose. In this case a marketing purpose – a promo video with backing music for authors.
Better put, a creative marketing video for authors about to launch their new book, or wish to give a bit of extra oomph to a book they already have out there. For example, the one below I made for MIKE STEEDEN’S latest book.
The Blue-Eyed Cat Promo Video from Mike Steeden on Vimeo.
Basically, all I need from an author is the book front cover and a script, say, of the book’s blurb along with audio, chosen by the author, in the form of a song or instrumental from my easy to access portfolio on
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Change is difficult. We find the latest technology, the newest app to simplify our lives, or an improved device to increase our productivity. We run faster, and faster trying to keep pace with the bleeding edge. We grasp at soft data, opinions, and conjecture. It is simpler to accept marketing claims and easy answers. Decisions made by the seat of our pants may have long-term consequences. Supposed perfect solutions encourage us to ignore facts. Comfortable beliefs are easier to trust than complex concepts or challenging situations, and the results can be disastrous.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, there are benefits to slowing down. It allows us to check data, verify statistics, assess our needs, and determine if we are moving in the right direction. When we allow ourselves space to entertain new ideas and envision improvements, we construct a vision of our future. Some of the best stories, great insights, and breakthroughs come…
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